Saturday, May 24, 2014

Print of the Day: Aérostier; Souvenirs Du Siége De Paris, 1870-1871

Satirical Lithograph
France, 1870-1871
The Victoria & Albert Museum

This satirical print depicts two men in the basket of a hot air balloon. One of the two men thumbs his nose at a Prussian soldier who is attempting to shoot them down. The basket of the balloon is hung with a bird cage containing pigeons.

Printed in France between 1870 and 1871, this print is from a set of caricatures, broadsheets and illustrations by caricaturist Jules Renard (1833-?) which have been bound in ten volumes.  This one, like many of the others in these volumes, has been hand-colored with watercolors.  

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